Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Babe will not talk to Barnette Lloyd because:

2. The most pressing matter of the moment is:

3. When the girls argue about the lawyer, the mood becomes:

4. Doc has come by to tell Lenny:

5. Chick appears to be mainly concerned about:

Short Essay Questions

1. What is ironic about Chick's list of crimes the Magrath's are responsible for?

2. What do the details of Meg's life in Hollywood reveal?

3. Why do Meg, Lenny, and Babe seem to fall into old patterns of behavior around one another?

4. Describe Meg's encounter with Doc.

5. What was Meg's life like in L.A.?

6. What is significant about the last image on stage before the lights go down?

7. What might Babe's saxophone represent?

8. In their discussion of the rules for "hearts," the girls remember that hearts are bad, which suggests what?

9. How will Old Granddaddy's death affect the girls' lives?

10. Describe Barnette's vendetta against Zackery.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the motif of rebirth or new beginnings in the play. Identify Henley's message about the motif, and use the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

If Henley's characters serve as archetypes for Southern people, is her assessment fair? Write an essay in which you defend or criticize her use of archetypes in the play.

Essay Topic 3

Henley's characters are motivated by any number of factors--fear, pity, duty, love. Choose any character or characters whose motivations seem to drive the play and write an essay in which you argue the significance of these motivations.

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